September 26th is Museum Day Live! when admission is FREE to over 1,200 museums nationwide

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Museums, zoos, and learning centers can cost quite a bit for admission these days, making a casual excursion out of the question for families on a budget (ie: almost every family we know!). September 26th is your lucky day because it’s Museum Day Live!, an annual event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine that offers free admission to more than 1,200 participating museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Just sign up and print out a ticket for free admission for two people — if you have multiple children, you can always enlist a grandparent, babysitter, or friend to sign up and come along too! With venues all over the country, there’s never been a more perfect time for a road trip to a new museum or learning center or a better excuse for finally visiting one in your hometown that you may have missed. Inspired by the Smithsonian Museums, which are free every single day, Museum Day Live! was created to offer kids and their grown-ups the opportunity to keep learning and exploring.

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Phthalates linked to miscarriage - pregnant women advised to avoid three specific toxins

by 09/04/15   filed under: green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body, news, toxins

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Phthalates, we have established, are bad news and have been linked to childhood obesity, lower IQ, and type 2 diabetesEvidence also continues to mount in their role in miscarriages. A new study of more than 300 women found that high levels of three phthalates in particular: diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), were associated with pregnancy loss, mostly between five and thirteen weeks. A ban of several phthalates in children’s toys and products has been a consumer-led step forward, but numerous phthalates still exist in personal care products, paint, and food packaging. Despite several other studies that corroborate this link, no direct proof has been established that the phthalates are the cause of miscarriage. The researchers, however, said the study’s results are “significant enough to merit taking action in the aim to reduce or prevent phthalate exposure to pregnant women.” Since the specific, potentially harmful phthalates are included in a variety of consumer products and most pregnant women don’t walk around checking to make sure everything they use or buy is free of DEP, DiBP, and DnBP, wouldn’t it just make more sense to ban all phthalates?

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Giant, upcycled rice-straw animals take over Japanese park!

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GIVEAWAY: Win a free Hushamok organic baby hammock worth $599!

by 09/03/15   filed under: contest, eco decor, green baby, green bedding, green design, sleeping, Uncategorized

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Rocking your newborn to sleep is a time-honored tradition, but when arms grow tired, it’s nice to have something nearby to help lull your baby to sleep without so much physical effort. Babies love to be rocked, and although there are plenty of “swing-o-matics” on the market, they are usually garish, battery-powered gadgets, and made of synthetic, toxic materials – a far cry from “relaxing”. So when we reviewed Hushamok’s organic Okoa Hammock, we were delighted to find a baby hammock as beautifully designed as nature itself. Designed to naturally swing in the breeze to rock your baby into slumber, this all-natural swinging chair contains no plastic, dyes, flame retardants, and requires no batteries. The organic cotton swing is suspended from a C-shaped ‘Okoa stand’ made from untreated European beechwood, designed to make your infant feel like they are right back in the womb – and it won’t look bad in your living room either. We’re giving away a brand new hammock set worth $599, and it could be all yours just by entering below.

Plus, all Inhabitots readers will receive a special 10% discount on any Hushamok item using promo code Inhabitots15 through September 30th, 2015!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win the Hushamok Okoa Hammock, and what you love most about it.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, Sept 30th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Help send a free copy of the FED UP movie to every teacher in America so students can get food education

by 09/03/15   filed under: education, health & body, kids health, Uncategorized

With an astounding number of overweight and obese kids and teens in the United States, we need to spread the healthy eating message to as many places as possible, including where kids spend many of their waking hours: school. The team (including Katie Couric and Laurie David) who created FED UP, a food education movie that inspired sugar-free challenges for over 65,000 people as well as healthier eating habits for thousands more, is now trying to reach as many teachers, classrooms, and students as possible through Kickstarter. Donations to FED UP’s campaign will go towards providing an education kit including a copy of the film with an unlimited use screening license, individualized lesson plans for grades K-12, and additional resources for teachers and students to set up nutrition and healthy eating programs.

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Fetal cells may affect mother's health, even decades after giving birth

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Women spend forty weeks (give or take a few) trying to create the optimal healthy environment for their growing baby. It turns out that fetuses give a little something back to mom too in the form of migrating fetal cells — and the verdict is still out on whether these cells are good or bad for a mother’s health. A newly published study from Arizona State University found that cells from a growing fetus migrate from the placenta to places all over a woman’s body and can affect her health quickly or even decades after giving birth.

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Beloved and famed Japanese animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki plans to build a children's nature retreat

by 09/02/15   filed under: eco play, green design, kid friendly, news

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When beloved Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced in 2013 that The Wind Rises would be the last film in his storied career, many wondered what this creative innovator would do next. There are no new films reportedly on his horizon, but Miyazaki recently announced that he plans to fund the building of a children’s nature retreat on Kumejima Island in his native Japan. The two and a half acre project will include playground equipment and a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people. In an effort to support Kumejima businesses, Miyazaki wants to use local construction materials when possible and will also be consulting with locals on how the retreat should be run. Miyazaki’s films (including his Oscar-winning hit Spirited Away, the biggest film of all-time in Japan) often include environmental themes; we imagine that the retreat, set amid a virgin forest, will also reflect his love of nature and beauty. The retreat is expected to open in 2018.

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Librarian cruises San Francisco aboard her bicycle library-on-wheels to peddle free books & a love of reading

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Pregnant with twins, Marissa Mayer vows she'll work throughout limited time away post-birth

Pregnant with twins, Marissa Mayer vows she'll work throughout limited time away post-birth

It’s been almost three years since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to her first child. She took two weeks off work post-delivery (and supposedly worked throughout her leave),…

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HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

Lactation Cookie Ingredients Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1/2 cup organic butter softened 1 cup organic cane sugar 2 tbs organic blackstrap molasses 4 tbs warm water 2 tbs…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Cardboard showcases visionaries who turn humble cardboard into astonishing works of art

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Cardboard showcases visionaries who turn humble cardboard into astonishing works of art

The Art of Cardboard showcases artists who are stretching the boundaries of cardboard use. The book also displays huge variations in the size of the pieces. For example, Chris…

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Fisher-Price opposes CA bill that would require labeling baby products that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals

Fisher-Price opposes CA bill that would require labeling baby products that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals

Fisher-Price has come under fire numerous times over the past several years for its wishy-washy stance on toxic flame retardant chemicals. Now, a new chapter has opened in the…

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9 family friendly cargo bikes for toting kids and goods in eco style

9 family friendly cargo bikes for toting kids and goods in eco style

Which cargo bike design: longtail or bakfiets? First things first: cargo bikes come in two basic designs: the longtail (or Long John) and the bakfiets. The longtail style is fairly…

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HOW TO: Make addictive, vegan, gluten-free chocolate bark using coconut oil

HOW TO: Make addictive, vegan, gluten-free chocolate bark using coconut oil

1. Gather the ingredients 2 tbsp of coconut oil 3 tbsp of dark cacao powder 2 tbsp of maple syrup a handful of large dried coconut flakes a handful of walnuts a handful of blonde…

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The evolving identity of a stay-at-home-mom whose kids just started school full-time

The evolving identity of a stay-at-home-mom whose kids just started school full-time

If you happen to see me during these first few weeks of school, know that behind the brave, smiling face that my children will witness as they head to their new classrooms is a parent…

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15 ways kids can use rocks for art, crafts & learning

15 ways kids can use rocks for art, crafts & learning

Rock Tic-Tac-Toe Teach cooperation and concentration with a brightly colored tic-tac-toe game made of rocks. Better than wasting sheet after sheet of paper for sure! + Rock…

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20 educational and FUN sensory table activities for kids!

20 educational and FUN sensory table activities for kids!

Rainbow Foam Sensory Table Tots will love to swirl this rainbow colored foam around or run toys through it. Made with washable, non-staining, liquid watercolors, dish soap and water,…

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15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

Flower Stained Glass Windows This stained glass window idea is a beautiful way to put all those flowers your child collects to great use while adding a pop of spring color to your…

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